Antioxidant Compounds from Microalgae: A Review

Type Article
Date 2021-10
Language English
Author(s) Coulombier NoémieORCID1, Jauffrais ThierryORCID2, Lebouvier NicolasORCID3
Affiliation(s) 1 : ADECAL Technopole, 1 Bis Rue Berthelot, 98846 Nouméa, New Caledonia, France
2 : Ifremer, UMR 9220 ENTROPIE, RBE/LEAD, 101 Promenade Roger Laroque, 98897 Nouméa, New Caledonia, France
3 : ISEA, EA7484, Campus de Nouville, Université de Nouvelle Calédonie, 98851 Nouméa, New Caledonia, France
Source Marine Drugs (1660-3397) (MDPI AG), 2021-10 , Vol. 19 , N. 10 , P. 549 (30p.)
DOI 10.3390/md19100549
WOS© Times Cited 64
Note This article belongs to the Special Issue Biotechnology Applications of Microalgae
Keyword(s) reactive oxygen species, ascorbic acid, glutathione, tocopherols, phenolic compounds, carotenoids

The demand for natural products isolated from microalgae has increased over the last decade and has drawn the attention from the food, cosmetic and nutraceutical industries. Among these natural products, the demand for natural antioxidants as an alternative to synthetic antioxidants has increased. In addition, microalgae combine several advantages for the development of biotechnological applications: high biodiversity, photosynthetic yield, growth, productivity and a metabolic plasticity that can be orientated using culture conditions. Regarding the wide diversity of antioxidant compounds and mode of action combined with the diversity of reactive oxygen species (ROS), this review covers a brief presentation of antioxidant molecules with their role and mode of action, to summarize and evaluate common and recent assays used to assess antioxidant activity of microalgae. The aim is to improve our ability to choose the right assay to assess microalgae antioxidant activity regarding the antioxidant molecules studied.

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